Recently I was feeling nostalgic scrolling through my Google Drive when I came upon a cute little porch makeover that I had done last summer. Seeing as though we are all finding small ways to spruce up our home right now, I thought I would share this quick refresh with you.  

The recipe for a quick porch refresh:

A wreath 
  • This a dried door wreath from TJ Maxx that I scored on sale for $18.
A fresh door mat 
  • I grabbed this cutie up from Target for $19.99.
A ground planter 
  • I was lucky and found this succulent garden pre-assembled at The Home Depot for $16.
  • Fun fact - the piece it's sitting on is actually a $1 waste basket from The Dollar Tree.  
A planter box for the railing
  • I found this one at IKEA for $7.99 a few years ago and it has held up exceptionally well.
  • I filled it with six full-sun plants from Home Depot which ranged between $3 to $5 each. 
A coordinating color scheme 
  • I like that the color scheme sets the tone for what you'll experience once you've crossed the threshold. Our townhome is so traditional outside (and we can't change anything about our exterior because we have a strict HOA) so adding accessories on the outside really gives it some personality.

We can't change the color of our door, but bringing in bright colors and various shades of green made our sage green door feel more vibrant.  

I love this succulent bucket! Quick tip, this planter also does double duty by covering up the porch outlet. I made sure that all of the plants on our tiny porch contained plants that could receive full-sun a large portion of the day. The succulents loved it out there during the warm months. 

Now the bucket is about 1/3 full because I forgot to pull them into the house this past winter (face palm), but I can always add a few more singles to the fill out the arrangement! 

How adorable and luscious is this "buc" of "succs"? :) 

I really wanted the flower box to feel like a little garden so I varied the types of plants, making sure to select a few that would cascade down the side. I made sure to keep them on the same watering schedule as my house plants so that they were nice and hydrated despite being in the sun most of the day. It was fun to open the door and different flowers blooming every other day. Annuals are fun! 

The wreath could not have been a better match for the flower box! I love it!  

And if you want to try out something similar, here you go! 

Floral Wreath

"Hola" Doormat (I also love this Pillemark rainbow one)


Rustoleum Gloss Seaside (to dress up the planter box, of course!)

Succulent bucket


As we gear up for fall I would love to give the porch another quick pick me up (because it definitely looks a little less polished right now). Any quick makeovers happening over at your place? I'd love to hear about them!

Hey Folks, I'm back in the saddle to talk about my design plans for our guest bathroom. And yes, this makes two bathroom projects! If you missed the previous post about my plans for our powder room, check it out here.

Above is a scheme board for a cosmetic upgrade to our guest bathroom. First and foremost I want to make it a happy place to be by rolling some color onto the walls, and adding a fun shower curtain. I'm also considering an accent wall, but I'm still undecided on that front. What do you think? Our town home has a pretty open living space, and most areas bleed into the next. Therefore I think the bathrooms will be the only places where I'll be able to experiment with different paint and wall treatments, and not mess up the flow of adjacent areas. I'm also leaning towards black accessories in all of our bathrooms going forward, so the fixtures were a pretty easy choice, and blend well with the overall concept

I would replace the vanity fixture (unfortunately this is the only light source in the space so I needed clear globes), the mirror, faucet, and possibly the countertop this go-around if I can find an inexpensive remnant (though the countertop may have to wait). I am also contemplating on painting the sink cabinet because it's small enough to be a do-able DIY. I've seen lots of people on YouTube do it, so it can't be THAT hard, right?  Oh, and I can switch out the knobs for something gold to coordinate. Below is a quick sketch.

Prior to purchasing our home, I COULD NOT GET OVER the fact that we had fiberglass tubs with shower surrounds and acrylic sink tops in our bathrooms (especially because our former apartment in the city had tile, porcelain tubs, and granite). But over time, I guess I've realized that this is simply the reality for most people, and that eventually we can remodel the bathrooms to make them exactly what I want. In the mean time, I would like to do a makeover so that this space can look and feel well... designed. It was haphazardly put together from the beginning, and is totally not a reflection of the rest of our home. Currently, the bathroom is super blah and somehow felt even worse when I went to take photos of the space. 

I mean... it's not great.  There is no rhyme or reason to the color scheme. In the beginning I just found a shower curtain and matching rug in Target, hung up some extra cabinets for storage, and called it a day. It's bad. Don't @ me.  

On this side of the bathroom is where I would like to place the towel ladder. I could do hooks here (and based on size of the area that might just be optimal, however I really wanted to do something different, so I'd like to make hooks my plan B.

Oh, and can we talk about the area above the shower curtain? I really love the technique of installing the shower curtain rod near the ceiling, and using ball chain as an extension. This design detail will add much-needed visual height to the standard 72" curtain. 

Kristin from the Hunted Interior used a ceiling-mounted track system for her installation, but I am also considering a rod, much like the image below.

Emily Henderson used a rod to get a similar effect, and I LOVE the gold. I still need to make some decisions about the application, as well as rod and chain color. I'm leaning towards black to coordinate with the fixtures.

Moving right along... this is perhaps the worst part of the bathroom for me. These canvases were acquired on a trip to Charleston back in our newlywed days, and used to live in our former office. The canvases are so wonky that this photo actually makes them look better then they really are. Here I would do hooks for hand towels above the sink, and framed artwork (obviously nothing too precious due to the moisture) behind the door. 

So that's pretty much it! I'm sincerely hoping that this is something I can do myself as a fall project. I've already ordered the shower curtain and rug, so this makeover is DEFINITELY happening!  Do you have any house projects you're planning? I'd love to hear about it!